The CONMEBOL Council resolved that dates 7 and 8 of the World Cup Qualifiers will resume in June, before the start of the Copa América.
Dates 5 and 6 will be recovered in the months of September, October and November, on days to be defined. Triple dates are planned for that occasion and CONMEBOL asked FIFA for three additional days to ensure the proper recovery of the players. The modification of the calendar occurs after the cancellation of March and is intended to minimize wear and tear due to travel in times of pandemic.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who participated in the CONMEBOL Council meeting, declared that the Qualifiers are “extremely important” and recognized the need for national teams to compete to their full potential, on full equality of conditions. To achieve this, FIFA also made the commitment to promote the necessary changes in the international calendar. In this sense, CONMEBOL made it clear that it will be essential to have additional days of recovery.
The modifications to the qualifying calendar were designed to maintain fairness between the different countries, guaranteeing the best possible balance in terms of travel and travel. This criterion is particularly important in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic.